Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah ★★★★

You can murder a liberator, but you can't murder liberation. You can murder a revolutionary, but you can't murder revolution. And you can murder a freedom fighter, but you can't murder freedom.

Martin Sheen as J. Edgar Hoover is one of the scariest things I've seen in a while.

Daniel Kaluuya? Magnetic, can't look away (made me think of the freestyle scene from WIDOWS). LaKeith Stanfield? Layered and beautiful. But what I'll remember is the look in Dominique Fishback's eyes during the climax of the movie.

Just a heartbreaking movie oozing with character and energy. The welcome back speech is awesome not just for Kaluuya's Hampton, but because it also advances the story in scary and unpredictable ways (and the obvious, tragic foreshadowing). It also includes the great percussion that anchors a lot of the score of this movie and matches how your heart feels during large swaths.

Probably one of the longest post-scripts I've ever seen for a movie, but it pays off cause there's a couple notes in there that take your breath away.

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